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At the kids table

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Dining, learning with children By Paula Johnson Photo: Teaching your little ones basic social skills in a restaurant ensures a more enjoyable experience for everyone Q: Still looking for restaurants with family sections so we can have dinner without being interrupted by screaming children, which is annoying especially when paying a premium price for food. […]

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Chef’s confessions

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An inside look at the secret food vices of Dayton’s chefs By Paula Johnson Photo: A bowl of cold cereal is one of chef Darin Mitchell’s (Coco’s Bistro) favorite guilty food pleasures   Recently, it happened again. I was driving near the Dayton Mall. It doesn’t happen often, maybe once or twice a year, but […]

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News isn’t all that’s fake

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Beware of fake ingredients in your food By Paula Johnson Photo: Buyer beware: foods you routinely eat, like fish, are also routinely forged Look, it’s the dead of winter here in Dayton and the skies are gray and cloudy, and it’s cold. So if you, like me, are already suffering from depression about the weather, […]

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Reservations

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What restaurants wish you knew By Paula Johnson Photo: Changing ingredients in carefully crafted food or drink can drastically alter your experience at a restaurant Recently, I wrote about what it’s like to review restaurants for a living and talked about a few things readers might not know about the job. It occurred to me […]

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Moaning about munching

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Being a food critic isn’t all champagne and caviar By Paula Johnson Photo: Writing a bad review is the worst part of dining out any year for DCP Epicurean Empress Paula Johnson On a Monday morning at the end of 2016, I found myself where I am most every Monday morning, sitting in the DJ […]

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Your salad is going to kill you

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And other facts the FDA isn’t telling you By Paula Johnson Photo: It’s science: lettuce and other vegetables lack the nutritional value humans need to stay happy and healthy Alarming headline? It certainly is, and you should read on to find out the seriousness of our lack of understanding of how vegetables—long touted as the […]

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Buen vino, buena familia

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Veleta Wines brings a little bit of Spain to Dayton By Paula Johnson Photo: Veleta Wines vineyard in Ugijar, a village in Granada, Spain; photo: Juan and Nola Palomar Ugijar is a tiny village municipality located in the province of Granada, Spain. According to the 2005 census, the city has a population of 2,524 inhabitants. […]

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A tale of two dinners

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Experiencing fine versus fine dining By Paula Johnson Photo: To become a Most Favored Patron at fine dining establishments, pay in cash when possible and be empathetic with the staff Recently, I had an experience dining at a highly regarded New York restaurant, a place the Zagat describes as serving “flawless French fare that’s impeccably […]

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Last Suppers

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By Paula Johnson Photo: Nibbles’ Maria Walusis would serve her Grammy’s holiday turkey dinner In keeping with this issue’s theme, I thought I would ask a few chefs and notable personages to imagine what their last meal would be like. I asked them to think about what they would eat, whether it would be in a […]

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The state of the State Fair: 

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Fare is fair By Paula Johnson Photo: (l-r) Connie Little, Sandra Carpenter, Paula Johnson, and Cindy Kirkland judge the Deviled Egg Challenge at the Ohio State Fair I learned a lot at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus this past August. An awful lot. First and foremost, I learned that it’s not a good idea to […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]

The Docket: 5/16

Short relationships, long fights A woman and her ex-boyfriend decided they needed to meet and discuss their breakup. The woman […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/9

40 oz. fight A woman was hanging out with friends when they all decided to buy some beer. She knew […]

The Docket: 5/2

Cupcake capers A man walked into a store and headed to the cupcake section. The owner suspected there would be […]

Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]